Jennifer Lawrence has signed on to play award-winning international photojournalist Lyndsey Addario in Steven Spielberg's It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War. Warner Bros won an auction for the rights to Addario's memoir on Monday evening, according to Deadline. 

Jennifer LawrenceJennifer Lawrence will play the acclaimed war photographer Lyndsey Addario in Steven Spielberg's movie

Addario travelled to numerous war-torn countries like Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya and won the MacArthur Fellowship in 2008. She was also part of the New York Times team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for international reporting in Waziristan. Addario was jailed for several days in Libya in 2011.

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Other bidders for the rights included Working Title Films who had Reese Witherspoon attached; director Darren Aronofsky who had Natalie Portman primed; and The Weinstein Company who had Margo Robbie ready to go. 

However, it will be Warners who make the movie with Spielberg in the director's chair, Andrew Lazar (American Sniper) as producer and Lawrence starring.

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Spielberg is currently wrapping his Cold War thriller with Tom Hanks and is about to begin work on an adaptation of The BFG with Mark Rylance in the lead role. Lawrence is shooting David O'Russell's biopic Joy and will next appear in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 in November. 

The exact narrative that It's What I Do will take is unclear, though it is likely that it will include how the Afghans suffered during the rise of the Taliban regime, as well as the Iraqi war. Addario's work also took her to the Congo. 

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